By Mission Hill Dental
May 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Does my daughter need sealants? At Mission Hill Dental serving Canyon Lake, TX, your dentists, Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard, hear questions like that frequently. Parents want the best preventive dental care for their kids. So, yes, Mission Hill Dental offer plastic sealants as an extra measure of protection against decay. Learn more about this simple, effective service here.

What are sealants?

Sealants coat back teeth with a layer of biocompatible plastic. Painted on and hardened with UV light, sealants prevent plaque and tartar (also called biofilms) from invading the deep grooves and pits characteristic of six- and twelve-year molars and of some other teeth as well.

Why doesn't brushing and flossing ward off biofilms? Well, of course, at-home oral hygiene is the first line of defense against cavities and gum disease. However, some teeth have surface irregularities barely noticeable to the naked eye and so tiny that a brush or floss cannot clean them properly. Decay results.

Getting sealants

Your dentist at Mission Hill Dental in New Braunfels, TX, and serving Canyon Lake will tell you if your child is a good candidate for sealants. Most youngsters do benefit from them. And, typically, the coating lasts at least 10 years.

Here's how sealants work. Dr. Lucero or Dr. Willard cleans and dries the tooth which is receiving the plastic sealant. This preparation ensures a secure bond between the tooth and the coating.

Then, he applies a etching acid to roughen the enamel surface. Once covered, the tooth is exposed to UV light. This cures the sealant, making it impervious to the action of oral bacteria.

The whole process takes about five to 10 minutes per tooth, says the Academy of General Dentistry. The tooth looks perfectly natural, and dental bite remains normal.

With each six-month check-up, your child's dentist will assess the integrity of his or her sealants. They may be re-applied as needed on the outside chance they develop chips or wear thin.

Contact us about sealants

Your child's dental health is worth protecting from the ravages of tooth decay. So, ask Dr. Lucero or Dr. Willard about plastic sealants. To arrange your family's routine check-ups and hygienic cleanings, please call Mission Hill Dental in New Braunfels, TX, and serving Canyon Lake at (830) 625-7322.